At this point, if Cubs ace pitcher Jake Arrieta lets more than one opposing batter on base before the fifth inning it’s a surprise.
Sunday night the Cubs played their final game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Arrieta was perfect through six innings. It wasn’t until Gregory Polanco lead off the seventh inning with a single to left field that a Pirates player reached the base path.
.@JArrieta34 gets a standing ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd as he surrenders his first hit of the game leading off the 7th.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 28, 2015
Arrieta did a little of everything Sunday night. Not only was he dominant on the mound, he also hit a solo home run in the second inning to extend the Cubs lead to 2-0.
Jake Arrieta:— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) September 28, 2015
2 HR hit, 2 HR allowed over last 19 starts (including tonight)#Cubs
#Cubs 2 HR*/20 W/200 K club (since 1900)— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) September 28, 2015
Jake Arrieta 2015
Fergie Jenkins 1970 & 1971
Orval Overall 1909
*as a batter
After Polanco’s single, the Pirates mounted a short lived attack. Arrieta hit Andrew McCutchen, putting runners on first and second with only one out. However, an Aramis Ramirez double play ended the inning.